2008 Macworld Conference & Expo To Feature New Training And Educational Programs

FRAMINGHAM, MA – DECEMBER 19, 2007- IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows and events, today announced the largest selection of in-depth training and educational opportunities ever presented at Macworld Conference and Expo. Highlights include new two-day training classes on popular Mac products such as Final Cut Studio, Aperture, Adobe™ Creative Suite and Filemaker; a session exploring Apple’s new Mac OS X version 10.5 Leopard operating system; new MacIT sessions specifically for IT professionals deploying Apple technology; the exciting debut of “A Day At The Office: Microsoft® Office 2008”; and the enhanced Macworld Educator Academy. Macworld Conference & Expo is scheduled to take place January 14-18, 2008 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

“This has been one of the most significant years in Mac history, with the best hardware and software lineup ever,” said Paul Kent, General Manager, Macworld Conference & Expo. “At Macworld, Mac users can get an in-depth training curriculum taught by a world class faculty to help them get the most out of the tools they rely on every day.”

Macworld, the largest Mac event of its kind, will present over 400 exhibitors and is expected to draw more than 50,000 attendees in 2008. Macworld’s five-day conference program features 191 sessions with world-class content appropriate for Mac users of all levels and backgrounds.

New conference features for 2008 include:

A Day At The Office: Microsoft Office 2008: Office 2008 for the Mac has arrived and Microsoft is releasing its highly-anticipated Universal version of Office during Macworld. Attendees of this Users Conference session will witness the grand unveiling of Office 2008 before it hits shelves.

Digital Photography Safari: The Digital Photography Safari provides participants with a unique opportunity to hone their digital photography skills, including advice on editing photographs, and learning how to organize, share and archive images and EXIF data. Attendees will also learn how to use their own equipment in real world photo shoot situations.

Macworld Educator Academy Conference: Computer Using Educators (CUE) and IDG World Expo are pleased to present the Macworld Educator Academy. Massive changes to our world requires K-12 education to respond with effective leadership and innovative classroom practices. Join expert educators as they demonstrate current applications of technology to engage students, enhance achievement and impact learning in new and powerful ways.

New Power Tools Sessions: In addition to updated classes on favorite tools such as Final Cut Studio, Creative Suite, Filemaker, Dreamweaver, AppleScript, Photoshop and DVD Studio Pro, this year’s conference will feature new, two day in-depth courses on Apple’s Aperture, Adobe Lightroom and Flash, Teleworking, and Mac OS X Server version 10.5 Leopard.

Hands on MacLabs: MacLabs now features an expanded curriculum offering 18 sessions of hands-on training in our state-of-the-art iMac labs. Highlights include training on Apple’s iLife ‘08 and iWork ‘08 applications.

MacIT: MacIT now includes new content geared toward issues of interest to IT professionals deploying Apple technology in enterprise environments, including security, open source tool deployment, network management and integration.

Two New Users Conference Tracks:

* Click: Sessions in this track invite you to enjoy the art and science of Digital Photography. Stimulate creativity, get organized, and share your photos with the world. All you have to do is CLICK!

* Leopard: Mac OS X version 10.5 Leopard offers a host of features and improvements that can make you more productive. These dynamic sessions will dive deep inside Leopard and teach attendees how to put its new features to work.

For a complete schedule and descriptions of what’s new at Macworld, please visit www.macworldexpo.com .

About Macworld Conference & Expo

Owned and produced by Framingham Mass.-based IDG World Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo is the world's most comprehensive Macintosh OS event. Macworld Conference & Expo showcases products and services for professionals involved in media and creative content development for corporate and home applications, as well as prosumers using the Mac at home. Macworld Conference & Expo brings together the loyal base of Mac OS audiences in creative services, education, application development, entertainment, small office/home office and Internet-based environments. Macworld Conference & Expo offers professionals and prosumers alike the opportunity to discover the latest developments and hottest products these markets offer. For more information or to register for the event, please visit the Web site at www.macworldexpo.com , or call (800) 645-EXPO. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Annie Rice McKnight at (508) 424-4839 or annie_rice@idg.com or Ron Moreau at (508) 424-4804 or ron_moreau@idg.com. For sponsorship opportunities contact Ellen Boland at (508) 988-7830, or ellen_boland@idg.com, or Michelle Mohr at michelle_mohr@idg.com, or 508-424-4855.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( www.idgworldexpo.com ) is a leading producer of tradeshows and events for professionals and consumers seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Entertainment For All™ (E For All™), E3 Media & Business Summit, GreenXchange Xpo™, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Macworld Conference & Expo® and Next Generation Data Center™ (NGDC™). IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.